Your Flying Future

Requirements and Application

Information about the current situation: Due to the corona pandemic our selection procedure for future student pilots has been placed on hold. The current planning is that no further BU/GQ appointments ("Berufsgrunduntersuchung" and "Group Qualification") will take place until end of 2020. You can continue to register your application in our system; it will be considered once our selection process has been reopened. Please be aware that our entire recruiting process has been placed on hold for the moment. You will receive a notification once it resumes.

The Best Path to Becoming a Pilot

The renowned airlines of the Lufthansa Group offer their pilots the brightest perspectives from the beginning onward. European Flight Academy, the pilot school of the Lufthansa Group, stands for top-quality pilot training. We prepare you ab initio – from the beginning, without any prior training, and help you acquire your commercial pilot license in approximately two years. You are then ready to begin working at one of the largest aviation groups in the world – the Lufthansa Group.


In a Cockpit within One Year

You have nothing to lose: applying to European Flight Academy costs you nothing and does not enter you into any obligations. Should you meet the basic requirements, you are admitted to our selection procedure. Following this, you will discover a lot about yourself – successful applicants can then begin training at European Flight Academy. You’ll spend a year acquiring a theoretical foundation and then be ready to take to the skies above the Arizona desert or the coast of Florida in the cockpit of one of our training aircraft. Are you ready?

Then let's go!

Training Courses

ATPL: Airline Transport Pilot License

European Flight Academy allows you to acquire one of two internationally recognized commercial pilot licenses. Both lead you directly to one place: the cockpit.


ATPL: Airline Transport Pilot License

The classic training course: within approx. 20–22 months, you will complete your training. You first learn to fly in a single-person cockpit, then in a multi-crew cooperation. You will receive your type rating and landing training from your employer following the training. Your training at a glance:

MPL: Multi-Crew-Pilot License

The alternative to the ATPL license is the MPL license. Here, a greater focus is placed from the beginning on a two-person cockpit (multi-crew cooperation). You graduate line-ready after approx. 24 months, already having specialized in an aircraft type. The MPL training at a glance:

Training Courses at a Glance

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Permanent EU & CH residence and work permit and unrestricted passport

18 years of age at the beginning of training

Unrestricted medical fitness (verification not necessary at the time of application)

Fluent English

Fluent German

German level B2 (recommended) or one of the following languages level B2: Dutch, Italian or French

School degree that quali­fies you to attend university (such as “Abitur,” “Matura”, “Baccalauréat”, VWO/HAVO etc.)

Training Courses at a Glance

Course of Training



Approx. 2 years (20-22 months, type rating in addition)

Approx. 2 years (24-28 months, incl. type rating)


Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Instrument Rating (IR), "frozen" Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), also allowing operations in a single-person cockpit

Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) + type rating


Within the Lufthansa Group, allows you to fly for Eurowings

Allows you to fly for Lufthansa Airline as well as every Lufthansa Group Airline

Into Flight School in Three Steps

Your Path to Us

You meet the requirements and are fascinated by the prospects of becoming a pilot? There are only three steps necessary for you take a big leap towards that dream.

Step 1

Inform yourself

<p>We invite you to take part in one of our info-events. There, we will provide all the relevant information first hand and experienced pilots and instructors can answer all of your questions.</p>

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Step 2


<p>You want to apply? Then please upload a CV including a photograph of yourself, available diplomas and a motivational letter.</p>

Apply now for ATPL or MPL!

Step 3


<p>Within a few days, we will get back to you to confirm having received your application. After a careful review, we will then invite you to the European Flight Academy selection procedure.</p> <p>Best of luck!</p>

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Ways to apply

Apply now

Are you ready? Then apply for the commercial pilot training course at the European Flight Academy. The links below will lead you directly to our application portal, where you can upload all the necessary documentation.


Application at European Flight Academy:

Apply for the ATPL course now!

Apply for the MPL course now!

Application Directly at the Airlines of the Lufthansa Group

You can apply directly to the Swiss airlines SWISS and Edelweiss. These airlines are all part of the Lufthansa Group and thus train their pilots at European Flight Academy. Yet, the application requirements, selection procedures, financing options and government grants in Switzerland and Austria do vary. Please find specific information on the websites of these airlines.

Apply now at SWISS!

Apply now at Edelweiss!

Do you still have questions?

How long does the pilot training take? How high are the costs? Do I need to be especially athletic? Here, you’ll find all you need to know on pilot training.

How can I pay for my living costs? Is it possible to have a job alongside the pilot training?

Our pilot training is designed to be a full-time activity. Successfully completing it depends on a high level of focus. We thus do not recommend taking on any additional employment during the training. Should you need assistance in covering the cost of living, it may be possible for you to apply for government assistance under the German BAföG program.

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How old do I need to be when starting pilot training?

You need to be at least 18 years old when beginning the training. Please note that you can already submit your application for our MPL program when you are 17 years of age; for our ATPL program, you need to be 18 years old to apply.

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Can I become a pilot without perfect sight?

Yes, not all pilots have 20/20 vision. Your eyesight will be assessed by a doctor as part of your medical.

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Where You Can Get To Know Us

Info events and live chats

20.05., 05.07., 20.05., 05.07.
Bremen, München, Berlin, München, Bremen
At our regular information events and live chats, you will learn everything about training at the EFA.